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MHS tennis competes at state

By Grant Guggisberg

The Manhattan High girls’ tennis team finished its season Friday, with Kristen Fraley and Cathy Lei representing the team at state.

Fraley went 2-2 to end her season while sixth-seeded Lei went 0-2.

“They played the best tennis of their season,” Manhattan coach Joyce Allen said. “They were just playing against the best players in the state.”

Fraley, a four seed, won her first match against Wichita Northwest’s Daphne Cavallaro 6-4, 6-2. She lost in her next match, however, to Shawnee Mission East’s top-seeded Elizabeth Barnickel, 6-0, 6-0. Barnickel advanced through the quarterfinal round and will face Washburn Rural’s undefeated Madeline Hill.

On the consolation side of the bracket, Fraley was still alive for a medal after beating Garden City’s Claire Schmidt 9-4. She fell in her next match, however, to Maize’s Hannah Hills 9-5 to end her season.

“She really played well,” Allen said. “She beat the people she was supposed to beat. We’re really excited for next year.”

Lei, whose No. 6 seed was the lowest from her regional, lost to Hills in her opener 6-2, 6-1. On the consolation side, Lei faced her nemesis Whitney Holloman from Topeka High and lost a close one, 9-8 (10-2).

“She learned a lot this weekend and she’s so excited about next year,” Allen said. “Even though we didn’t place, everybody felt really positive about how they did and how they played. We can’t wait for next year.”

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